I’ve never kept any New Year’s resolutions. Sure I thought up a few but once the party is over. Once I am back into the routine of my daily life . . . those resolutions I was so eager to start, work through, and eventually achieve, are forgotten.
So I rather than figuring out why I never follow through, I just decided to not make any resolutions and begin each New Year with the same old bad habits I had in the previous year.
Recently in my writer’s group our guest speaker spoke about goals vs. resolutions.
Really? Aren’t they the same?
No. Resolutions, she said, are always negative: lose weight; give up smoking; stop drinking, etc.
Whereas goals are positive or should be positive: start running, practice yoga, and switch from bourbon to wine.
But goals aren’t just positive but should be SMART.
No. SMART. Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound.
I hadn’t really thought about goals in this way before. I suppose because I’ve always worked in an industry where someone else was always setting the goals: like manufacturing deadlines, end of fiscal year contracts, statement of work deliveries, etc., and before this, when I was in school, the instructor or professor would tell us when are assignments are due, when the tests are and more importantly the school would set up the calendar so I always knew when the semester ended.
So deciding for myself what goals I want to reach I suppose is a relatively new concept for me and setting my own goals seem like such a daunting task until now . .
So for 2017 I’m not just going to work on my book or think about writing here or dream about what if I advanced my writing career . . . instead I’m going to make a New Year’s Resolution and set some SMART goals.